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Low Sugar Summer Sips

With summer temps reaching over 100 degrees, there’s nothing more refreshing than a nice, cold drink by the pool. Pass up the high-calorie sodas, sweet teas, sugary sports drinks and lemonade in favor of low-sugar beverages that will quench your thirst and help keep you healthfully hydrated. Drink up!

  1. Infused water, a.k.a spa water: De-stress by the pool with this high-flavor beverage that looks pretty too! All you need is a pitcher of cold water and add some sliced fruit (pear, orange, berries), vegetables (cucumber) or herb leaves (mint, basil). Marinate for 2-8 hours to chill and let flavors infuse. You may invest in an infusion pitcher and all you do is add the cut-up ingredients to the infusion rod. Chill and serve.
  2. Iced cold flavorful tea: Black and green teas are packed with antioxidants and are calorie free. Some varieties taste sweet naturally so there’s no need to add sugar or sweetener. Check out some fruity herbal teas like mango and blueberry. Try sweet-spiced teas like cinnamon and vanilla (or mix them together for a delicious blend). One of my favorites is passion tea derived from the passion flower. If you add a teaspoon of sugar, honey or agave syrup, this will add about 15-20 calories.
  3. Fresh fruit slushy: This beverage far surpasses the sugary slushy drinks from your childhood. Using a blender, mix 1/3 cup of chopped melon or berries with ¾ cup sugar-free sparkling water and ½ cup ice. For less than 20 calories per 12 ounce serving, that’s a bargain!
  4. Juicy spritzer: Skip the store bought sparkling juices that are as sugar-packed as a soft drink. Make your own sparkling juice by mixing 1-2 ounces of your favorite 100% juice to 12 ounces of sparkling water. Squeeze a twist of citrus fruit or float some fresh herbs for extra flair and flavor.

What summer drinks do you enjoy?

  1. July 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    These are great ideas! I do marketing for a company that allows you to infuse water directly into a portable water bottle, with the fruit stored in the bottom. The URL is http://www.zinganything.com if you want to check it out.

    • Elana Zimelman
      July 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Thanks for your comment and the suggestion!

  2. dj b
    July 6, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I have recently have added fresh basil to some of my pasta dishes will have to try it in some tea or lemon water .

    • Elana Zimelman
      July 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

      Thanks for your comment! Another great use for basil is in a sandwich with grilled summer veggies, drizzled with a tiny amount of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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